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Fostering - a quick guide
Fostering offers a safe way of life for children who can’t live with their own families. Foster carers welcome children into their homes and help them to grow and feel happy again by providing them with stability, affection, consistency and nurturing.
Foster care can provide temporary care while a child’s parents get help sorting out their own problems or can help to support children through difficult periods in their lives. It can provide practical and emotional support for parents and babies to help them develop parenting skills and confidence. Some children will return home after a period in foster care, some will stay in long term care until they can live independently as adults and some will move to adoption.
Foster carers are role models and advocates who play a very important part in the team of professionals including social workers, schools, health care workers and therapists. To be a foster carer takes commitment, time and enthusiasm as well as an ability to work with professionals and the child’s birth family members in a confident and competent way.